Alumnus Is Head Medic for Everest Team

Posted: June 10, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Mason alumnus Janis Tupesis, B.A. Biology ’95, was part of the team that led the first one-armed man to scale the world’s largest peak this past May. As the lead team physician for Team Everest ’03, a campaign by the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Tupesis treated anything from broken bones to severe altitude sickness and provided professional medical guidance while stationed at Everest’s Base Camp.

Tupesis, center, reached the top of Mt. Everest for the second time last month.

Team Everest ’03 began climbing Mt. Everest in March after an extensive fundraising campaign. On May 23, Team Everest ’03 climber Gary Guller became the only person with one arm ever to reach the top of Mount Everest. His success came almost 50 years to the day that Edmund Hillary first attained the top of the 29,035-foot mountain.

This is not Tupesis’s first time on Everest. In 2001, he was a member of the “Anything is Possible” Mt. Everest expedition. An avid hiker and climber, he completed medical school at the University of Wisconsin in 2001 and is currently working on his emergency medicine residency at the University of Chicago.

The team returned to the United States early this month. For more information about Team Everest ’03, visit their web site.

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